Monday, January 6, 2014

How About a HIIT? #FitFluential

Looking at the weather forecast last night - calling for temperatures downpours all day long with a low of 17 and high of 47, I thought that maybe we would have a 1 or 2 hour delay this morning.  Maybe.  But I wasn't going to hold my breath.  But when my alarm went off at 5:20 and I had a text waiting for me saying NO SCHOOL.  I was shocked!  I didn't believe it at first.  I thought for sure it was a misprint.  So I went to the local news channel website to check the closings.  Then it was confirmed.  No school!!!

rather stylish - don't you think?  


This great gift gave me a whole day to hang out with the kids, spend time with the husband who actually had the day off, and get in a great workout!

we made some cake pops to celebrate another snow day
I wasn't quite sure what today's run was going to be like.  I knew I was going to run.  That's a no brainier.   I wanted SO badly to run outside.  Around noon it was 47F out there and it was misting.  I told Ward I was going to change and go for a run outside.  But after I changed and was all set to go, I opened the door and it started to downpour.  To make matters worse, a truck drove by at that exact moment and hit a puddle (which are everywhere since the melting snow/rain has no where to go!) and made the biggest splash ever.  I imagined a miserable run, soaked to the bone and cars splashing me.  Umm.... never mind.  

What kind of January weather is this?  Crazy!

I quickly went back upstairs, changed into my favorite Spandits skull capris, grabbed my Topos, and paused to check my email.  I had just received an opportunity to review a Motion Traxx.  Talk about perfect timing!!!  I downloaded the first 20 minute session onto my phone and took off for the gym.  Driving of course!



I had never tried a HIIT workout before.  I chose workout 1 of Treadmill Express.  Which consisted of 20 minutes of a High Intensity Interval Workout.  Without giving you all of the details about this workout - it consisted of a warm up, speed intervals @ 1.0 inclines @8.0 inclines, max intervals, and cool down.  A quick workout but a rather intense one.




This workout was a definite challenge.  Amy Dixon, a former Women's Health Magazine contributor, was the "voice" behind today's treadmill workout.  I found the entire workout incredibly motivating and it challenged me in ways I never would have challenged myself before.   In 20 minutes, I completed 2.5 miles and there was even a 2 minute walking cool down in there too!  Damn!



Even better, after I completed the workout and took out my Koss earbuds, a gentleman on the elliptical behind me called me a showoff with a big smile on his face.  A complete boost to the ego.  That's for sure.  

I contemplated doing more mileage, so I took a few minutes and rowed 1,000 meters.  Regained my composure and hopped on the treadmill again to do another 2 miles at an 7:55 min/mile.



Today's workout was a big boost.  I feel far stronger.  I'm making better decisions when it comes to my workouts and I'm so ready for a new year of racing!  While I don't have my races planned yet, I know those empty spots are going to fill up with some great races!  

If you are interested in a Motion Traxx HIIT workout, you can follow them on twitter or Facebook and checkout their treadmill, elliptical, or cycling express workouts.  Each digital album comes with 3 different high-intensity workouts with voiceover coaching and high energy music.  Next week I'm trying treadmill workout 2.  I'm sure it's going to be intense!  

Disclaimer:  I received a free download for the Treadmill Express through my affiliations with FitFluential.  I was not compensated for this post.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.  

13 comments:

  1. You freaking rock.

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  2. I'm a big fan of podcast workouts for the bike & treadmill, although I seem to do WAY more bike ones than I ever did on the TM.

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  3. Leah @ Running with the HaynesJanuary 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    You definitely made the right choice with that treadmill run! I ran outside, and it was about as miserable as a run could get. The paved roads were slushy, the dirt roads were glare ice, and the trails were still 8 inches deep in snow (yes, I tried them all). Finally settled into a loop on paved roads because that was the lesser of the three evils. :)

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  4. She's definitely got her own style. Also, her shirt is on backwards. Oh well. She insisted it was the way it went and I am not going to fight with her about that!!! ;)

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  5. Oh my! You tried them all. That's ambitious!!!

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  6. I'm going to have to get on the podcast kick...seems to be working for you!!!

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  7. Great workouts Jen!

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  8. Kiley @ DVFfitnessJanuary 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    That's fun when random people comment on your workouts - kinda creepy because you know they were watching you, but cooler because you know they were impressed.

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  9. looks like some treadmill fun!

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  10. Love it! Looks like you really enjoyed your workout :)

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  11. Awesome, Jen. I think HIIT would make treadmill running so much more interesting.

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  12. Krysten @DarwinianFailJanuary 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Cake Pops sound like the perfect way to celebrate a snow day!

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